The interplay between endomembranes and autophagy in plants

Yonglun Zeng, Baiying Li, Youshun Lin, Liwen Jiang

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Autophagosomes are unique double-membrane organelles that enclose a portion of intracellular components for lysosome/vacuole delivery to maintain cellular homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. Genetic screening has revealed the requirement of autophagy-related proteins for autophagosome formation, although the origin of the autophagosome membrane remains elusive. The endomembrane system is a series of membranous organelles maintained by dynamic membrane flow between various compartments. In plants, there is accumulating evidence pointing to a link between autophagy and the endomembrane system, in particular between the endoplasmic reticulum and autophagosome. Here, we highlight and discuss about recent findings on plant autophagosome formation. We also look into the functional roles of endomembrane machineries in regard to the autophagy pathway in plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Early online date23 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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  • Plant Science


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